The meeting is Thursday, November 5, at the Garden Club Building on the west end of the revitalized Lorenzi Park property. The address is 800 Twin Lakes Drive, at the corner of Twin Lakes Drive and Washington. The parking lot is entered from Twin Lakes Drive. Doors open at 6:15 PM; Board Members should be present no later than 6:30 PM. The open meeting begins at 7:00 PM. (While some snacks or beverages may be supplied, if it is convenient to bring something along to share, it's always nice. If possible, plan to help set up prior to and put away after the meeting.)
In October we began a multiple month Fall/Winter (and maybe Spring) Speaker Series. The theme of the fall speaker series will be that of head on, brute force education...it's going to be more "HOW & WHY TO" or "HERE'S A LIST." The October meeting focused on Desert Irrigation 101 (will either be published or repeated). The next several meetings will continue to deliver information on appropriate plant material, introduction of species into new climates, propagation and grafting. Future sessions will be planned with soils and amendments, herbicides and pesticides, more irrigation, more transplanting, and design considerations. At least one round table or panel discussion will be held with our own and other recognized professionals in our area. Follow this program monthly and watch the website for updated topic relevant material.
We also brought back the "plant of the month" feature. Each month we'll attempt to have a CSSSN member talk briefly about a specific plant. The talk is informal and may or may not be accompanied with a small write up. Digital photos can be displayed if the delivery so warrants them. Last month Vicki Yuen presented some information about Aeoniums. This month we'll have a short introduction to Dorstenia. The "plant of the month" may or may not be featured in the club's silent auction or as a raffle item.
Work continued on the website. Some minor reorganization was done, but all the links should continue to work. A new subset of links was added under, "Sources." give it a peek. Be careful, I think I wound up buying something from nearly every vendor while "testing" the links.
Puzzles will be constructed from time to time that allow the attendees to "test" themselves on their education. The subject matter will be that of the monthly speakers in the series as well as the "plant of month" presentations. People that bring their solved puzzles into a meeting, and buy raffle tickets (3 for $5)earn a 4th ticket free!
About the Speaker: Jean Cote
Jean is the Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Idaho sales rep for Mountain States Wholesale Nursery. She's been a sales rep at Mountain States since 1992. She has a BS in Horticulture from the University of Arizona and has worked in the horticulture industry since she graduated in 1980. Mountain States is a wholesale nursery located in Glendale, Arizona. They specialize in native and drought tolerant plant material.
The logo of Mountain States Wholesale Nursery should be regarded as the cover of a book or rather a link that contains descriptions and photos of available and appropriate plants for our desert region.
The nursery propagates plant material and creates new introductions for our landscapes. We'll ask Jean how we can best obtain the perfect plants for the perfect spots in our perfect landscapes.
FALL EDUCATIONAL SPEAKER SERIES CONTINUES: October: Pete & John Duncombe - Desert Irrigation 101; November: Jean Cote Mountain States Nursery - Desert Appropriate Plant Material; December: Bob Morris - Nopal Cactus; January: ML Robinson - Cactus and Succulent Propagation including Grafting; February TBD , etc. but we have plans for more education!
RAFFLE and PLANT OF THE MONTH: Dorstenia (Family: Moraceae, Tribe: Dorstenieae, Genus: Dorstenia) People that bring their solved puzzles into a meeting, and buy raffle tickets (3 for $5) earn a 4th ticket free! (Funds raised from the raffle will be used to offset costs of the club. Surplus funds, if any, will be used to support environmental, conservation, and horticultural education and development consistent with the stated purpose of CSSSN.)
2015-2016 Officers: Susan Kent, President; Stephanie Thomas, Vice President; Dick Askew, Treasurer; Vicki Yuen, Secretary. At large board members Pete Duncombe, Jay Nietling, Phil Lawton. WE SEEK OTHERS! Volunteers for various activities still needed. In the late fall of 2014 the entire slate of officers was voted upon. The elected Treasurer resigned and the Board appointed Dick Askew to serve out that term. The term for all the officers currently in place will end in December, 2016.
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Reminder: Nov. 7 & 8 at the Garden Club Building the Nevada Garden Club is conducting a fall Standard Flower Show. Please show a succulent or cactus on our CSSSN table! If you can't, please show your support for the Nevada Garden Clubs by touring through the show. More details are published in a prior October website posting below.
I stumbled upon a new book (to me), Succulents Simplifed by Debra Lee Baldwin published in 2013 by Timber Press and reprinted in 2015. This is the second of her publications that I have in my collection. The first book, Succulent Container Gardens, published in 2010 also by Timber Press is a good book for those of us with patioscapes and perfect interior windows with lots of natural light (probably not direct sun pouring in unless the window is "Triple E"). It is a lovely book with lots of ideas. The jacket cover says, "Design Eye-Catching Displays with 350 Easy-Care Plants." Rewind to the first book I mentioned (but came out last). This book breaks the subject matter down into 3 major topics: why we we enjoy C&S, specific "how to" projects, and 100 easy care plants. This book, if mastered, makes the 2nd and (a third by the author) easier to fathom. All the books are good, but if you can, start with Succulents Simplified!